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Political Science Faculty — Dr. Thomas Konda

Associate Professor

Dr. Konda received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, where he specialized in political communication, political psychology, and methodology. He teaches the introductory political methodology course along with electives in Political Economy and Environmental Policy. His seminar on Political Persuasion is one of the "capstone" courses political science majors may take to meet their requirements. Dr. Konda also teaches an interdisciplinary course on information policy and politics with Michael Miranda of the college's Feinberg Library.

Working closely with students, Dr. Konda has been the mentor of a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar Award winner and of a Redcay Award winner. Both students presented their research at Regional Professional meetings.

Dr. Konda's research interests focus on political belief systems, propaganda, and the mass media. His most recent professional paper dealt with the influence of television on political campaigns.


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Specializing in Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Methodology

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory political methodology
  • Political Economy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Political Persuasion Seminar
  • Information Policy and Politics

Research Areas

  • Political Belief Systems
  • Propaganda
  • Mass Media
  • Influence of Television on Political Campaigns

Activities and Honors

  • 2002: Presented "The Impact of Media Markets on Campaign Spending" at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting
  • 2001: Faculty Sponsor of Redcay Apprenticeship Grant recipient Eric Spencer, for research on Congressional Campaign Spending
  • 2000: Addressed Quebec Association for American Studies on the topic of the 2000 Presidential Election fiasco

Contact Thomas Konda

Office: 149D Hawkins Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5829
Fax: (518) 564-4124
Email: kondatm@plattsburgh.edu